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How each Raiders free agent signing will upgrade the team

Leading into free agency, the Oakland Raiders targeted three players who were seen as difference makers. The kind of player where adding him alone would represent a big upgrade to the team. Unfortunately for the Raiders, none of them ended up in Oakland with Randall Cobb re-signing with the Green Bay Packers, Ndamukong Suh signing with the Miami Dolphins and DeMarco Murray signing...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders' Free Agency Report Card

No other team in the NFL has signed more free-agents than the Oakland Raiders. After posting a 3-13 overall record in 2014, the Raiders are among the teams needing fresh faces the most heading into next season.With free agency slowing down after two weeks, it's now time to evaluate the team's roster moves.Rodney Hudson, center: After signing Hudson to a historic $44.5 million contract...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Plan of Attack for the 2015 NFL Draft

With the Draft just over the horizon, it’s time to take a detailed look at each team’s acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft.  We’ll start with the lowly Tampa Bay Bucs and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champs in New England.  The Oakland Raiders are up on this cool...
Via DraftSeason
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Taking a Look at Roles for Raiders FA Signees

View image | gettyimages.com The Oakland Raiders announced their 10th free agent signing of the offseason with a two-year deal worth up to $8 million in place with running back Trent Richardson.  The former No. 3 overall draft pick will look to join a long list of successful reclamation projects in the history of the Silver and Black.  This is his third team and the man will...
Via TopSportsReport
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading week one of Raiders free agency

The first week of free agency is up… well almost, it started on Tuesday March 10 so there is technically one day left to the first week but who’s counting. In that first week, the Oakland Raiders have signed nine players: Center Rodney Hudson Defensive tackle Dan Williams Linebacker Malcolm Smith Linebacker Curtis Lofton Running back Roy Helu Quarterback Christian Ponder...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Biggest remaining needs for the Oakland Raiders

With the first three days of free agency now in the books, the Oakland Raiders have added seven new players to the roster: Linebacker Malcolm Smith Linebacker Curtis Lofton Defensive Tackle Dan Williams Safety Nate Allen Center Rodney Hudson Running back Roy Helu Tight end Lee Smith With those signings, the Raiders have clearly aimed to upgrade their run game and their run defense...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders sign 7; more likely

The Raiders yesterday announced the signing of six of the players with which they had agreed to contract terms over the negotiation window and free agency. Today, the Raiders have also announced the addition of safety Nate Allen to their roster, their seventh player of free agency to date. The players the Raiders have signed as of publishing are: Rodney Hudson, center, 25 years old...
Via Thoughts from the Dark Side
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Recent Signings Give Oakland Raiders Long-Lost Identity

As many football fans well know, the Oakland Raiders have been bad for a long time. They've sported an offense that can't get out of its own way and a defense that's been downright offensive to watch.But the Raiders' recent free-agent signings indicate the team is bringing back a part of itself that's been missing for too long—an identity.The acquisitions of center Rodney Hudson...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders are managing their salary cap to resign their draft picks

Free agency is in full swing and the first two days are in the books. The Raiders have added 5 free agents so far with two in negotiations and more visits scheduled. Over the weekend while Raider Nation was waiting for the official signing period to start, there were reports of the biggest name, Lions DT Ndomukong Suh already going to the Dolphins. The coveted WR from Green Bay,...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders focused on the run game in free agency

The Oakland Raiders were pathetic at running the ball in 2014 and before Latavius Murray was given a shot at carrying the rock, the team was on pace to have the worst rushing attack in the modern era of football. Part of the problem was the offensive line which struggled to open holes, especially on the interior of the line. Part of the problem was the dynamic duo of duds in Maurice...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders reach deals with DT Dan Williams, LB Curtis Lofton

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders bolstered their front seven on Wednesday by agreeing to contracts with free agent defensive tackle Dan Williams and linebacker Curtis Lofton. Lofton said in a text to The Associated Press that he had agreed to a three-year deal with the Raiders. A person with knowledge of the deal said Williams has agreed to a contract pending a physical...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders don’t impress on first day of free agency

The Oakland Raiders were supposed to be going after big time upgrades in free agency, instead, they disappointed most of their fans on day one. After talk of guys like Randall Cobb and Ndamukong Suh, the Raiders ended up with Malcolm Smith, Lee Smith and Roy Helu. Not exactly names that are going to knock you on your butt with excitement. The one guy who was supposed to be the big...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Quick analysis: The Oakland Raiders are a mess

The Oakland Raiders entered free agency with over $55 million in cap room. General manager Reggie McKenzie was expected to make serious runs at defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and receiver Randall Cobb, perhaps even the favorite to land the duo. Instead, Oakland has been outdone by the other 31 teams, leaving it in terrible position. The Raiders have signed center Rodney Hudson to...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Quick analysis: The Oakland Raiders are a mess

The Oakland Raiders entered free agency with over $55 million in cap room. General manager Reggie McKenzie was expected to make serious runs at defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and receiver Randall Cobb, perhaps even the favorite to land the duo. Instead, Oakland has been outdone by the other 31 teams, leaving it in terrible position. The Raiders have signed center Rodney Hudson to...
Via This Given Sunday
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Add RB Roy Helu, TE Lee Smith

The Oakland Raiders used the end of the first day of free agency to add some depth at running back and tight end.Former Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu and Buffalo Bills tight end Lee Smith have reportedly agreed to two-year and three-year deals with the team, respectively.Helu's contract is worth a little more than $4 million while Smith's is worth $9.1 million.Oakland...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Bills, Browns, Ravens, Steelers, & Vikings

Bills Mike Rodak reports that the Bills have expressed interest in re-signing DE Jarius Wynn, but a deal is not imminent and there is not expected to be movement until March. According to Rodak, there hasn’t been any movement between the Bills and G Erik Pears, and it’s unlikely he’s be re-signed now that Buffalo has added Richie Incognito. Rodak reports there have been...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Orton throws 4 TD pases, Bills bury Jets 43-23

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Kyle Orton was efficient and the Buffalo Bills' defense opportunistic. The New York Jets? Well, they were just simply dreadful. Orton completed only 10 passes, but four were for touchdowns, while the Jets had six turnovers - three each by Geno Smith and Michael Vick - in a 43-23 rout Sunday. ''He went out there, made his throws and threw for four touchdowns...
Via AP on Fox
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Orton full of TDs, Jets full of turnovers in Bills' win

BY NICK ST. DENISBuffalo Bills quarterback Kyle Orton found the end zone a lot Sunday, while the New York Jets' turnover-prone QB tandem found the Bills a lot.Orton threw four touchdown passes as the Bills beat down the reeling Jets, who were treated to six turnovers--three from Geno Smith and three more from Michael Vick--from their top two signal-callers.The Bills won, 43-23, improving...
Via AFC East Daily
October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Orton tosses 4 TDs as Bills rout sloppy Jets 43-23

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Kyle Orton settled in as the game went on and looked pretty comfortable connecting with his Buffalo Bills receivers. Meanwhile, Geno Smith was benched in the first quarter by the New York Jets, and Michael Vick wasn't much better. Orton tied a career high by throwing four touchdown passes and the Bills forced the Jets into six turnovers - three each by...
Via AP on Fox
October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Geno Smith, Michael Vick combine for 6 turnovers as Bills roll, 43-23

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kyle Orton threw four touchdown passes and the Buffalo Bills forced the New York Jets into six turnovers -- three each by Geno Smith and Michael Vick -- in a 43-23 rout Sunday. Orton won for the third time in four games since replacing EJ Manuel as the starting quarterback for the Bills (5-3), tossing TD passes to Robert Woods, Lee Smith, Scott Chandler and...
Via AP on Fox
October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

2 minute warning: Everything you need to know about Buffalo Bills vs. Bears

In just a couple hours the Buffalo Bills will kick off their 2014 season at home against the Chicago Bears. This is your two-minute warning. Here is everything you need to know about today’s game: Key matchup: Matt Forte vs. the Bills’ front seven You may have heard that Jay Cutler is a gunslinger. That’s not a rumor, it’s a fact. The Bears are going to throw the ball hard...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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